The Tesla Roadster will come with pressurized air thrusters instead of its two rear seats, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed Wednesday. In a series of tweets responding to fan questions, Musk went on to explain that a model of the upcoming 2020 electric sports car will use small bottles of cold gas to potentially boost its acceleration speeds to levels that are practically unheard of in a commercially available car.
At first, the CEO said that these thrusters, which basically amount to small rocket engines, will “dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering”, but he also said that it would “maybe even allow a Tesla to fly.”
Now in response to a GIF of a flying car hovering over the ground on Twitter, Musk said that “the new Roadster will actually do something like this”:
Musk unveiled the remodelled Tesla Roadster back in 2017. At the time, the company claimed an acceleration of 0-97 kmph in 1.9 seconds, easily making it the quickest production car ever made. Couple that with a 620 miles (998 kms) range and you have a car, let alone electric, that no existing vehicle known to mankind can match.
Musk never stopped there though. Time and again, he teased that the figures are the “base specs” for the Roadster, meaning even crazier versions could come up. Later, he confirmed this by announcing a ‘SpaceX package’ which will come with cold air thrusters for added acceleration and speed. He had hinted at taking the car to the skies as well, saying the thrusters will “maybe even allow a Tesla to fly.”